Tourism is the most important component of the Reunion economy along with sugar, which has traditionally been an important export oriented agricultural product. A French overseas territory east of Madagascar within the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island, home to 800,000 people is just 63 kilometers long and 45 kilometers wide. Predominantly Roman Catholic along with Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Chinese populations, French is the only official language and widely spoken throughout the Reunion Island along with Reunion Creole.
Influences of diverse cultures from India, Africa, China and Europe have resulted in a unique and distinct Reunion blend alongside a favorable climate and impressive scenery widely appreciated by the tourists. Displaying a mountainous topography consisting of lava cliffs, waterfalls and deep canyons, Reunion has an extensive coastline offering beaches, lagoons and great surfing opportunities especially on the western side. With a very well knit, affordable tourist infrastructure, Reunion is fairly safe where you can walk alone in cities at night.